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Update from Mary Peterson

“The real victory in all service is won in secret beforehand by prayer.
Service is gathering up the results.”  S.D. Gordon


The last three updates have requested prayer for more open doors of ministry,
because the economy is forcing developmentally disabled adults to move
from group homes to private residences.  Thank you for interceding for me in
this area, and please continue.

One of the difficulties in gaining access to private residences is on account of
behavioral issues.  Also, caregivers may be occupied with other matters, or just
not want someone to come to their homes.  But your prayer for more open doors
of ministry is really appreciated, and God is answering!

An agency’s recently formed adult day program invited me to be its instructor for
what it calls “spirituality.”  We meet Tuesday mornings for Bible lessons or counsel.

” Well, I should….”

One young man from this program had a lesson on trusting God.  “I didn’t  know
Jesus was God,” he beamed.  Then he questioned me, “Do you always trust God?”
“Well, I should…..”
He interrupted, “May I pray for you?”

“After all, it’s boring to….”

Last year I asked you to pray for a cognitively disabled fellow who also suffered from
a rare auto-immune disease.  To the best of his ability, he accepted the Lord as his
Savior, and went to be with Him.

His sister, also developmentally disabled, recently started volunteering at a
Christian organization which operates a food pantry and clothing supply for
needy families.  Wanting to encourage her to volunteer, I asked, “After all,
isn’t it boring staying home all day and watching TV?”  “No,”  she replied.
Hm….  Several kids from a special needs school also volunteer there.
One fellow, sorting produce, asked if the forbidden fruit Eve ate was an apple!

Finally, this summer I learned about another agency for cognitively disabled
adults, that is only a year old this October.  Someone from its leadership
expressed interest in my teaching clients.  Please pray for this new development.

Fall brings the Thanksgiving season.  Thank you so much for your many
expressions of love, including your prayer and your financial gifts to BCM, which
make this ministry possible.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

                      Yours for souls,

                          Mary Peterson

Join Us For Christmas Eve TONIGHT at 7:00 pm!


We had a fantastic rehearsal last night for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Now all you need to do is  join us TONIGHT @ 7:00 pm for the real thing. You might want to come early to get a good seat. This year’s service will feature scripture readings, the Lindsey Bell Choir, a wind ensemble, the Chancel Choir, guitars, a message by Pastor Eric, and more. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma area tradition and celebrate the real meaning of the season. The night will start off pre-service with carols being played on the chimes in our church tower outside and a wonderful prelude of Christmas music played by our organist Patrice Barnett on our magnificent pipe organ inside.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24 @ 7:00 pm


Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday, December 24th @ 7:00 pm. This year’s service will include dramatic scripture readings, a special message by Senior Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and music from the Lindsey Bell Choir, the Chancel Choir, chamber singers, a wind ensemble, and our magnificent pipe organ with thousands of pipes. The service culminates with the singing of “Silent Night” accompanied by guitars and hundreds of candles, followed by the singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” As in past years, there will be a lot of familiar elements in the service, but also some new additions. One thing to look forward to this year is our Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin’s stunning new arrangement of Michael Card’s song “Immanuel,” which will involve the Chancel Choir, the wind ensemble, the pipe organ, soloist Kristina Pope, and the congregation. We are usually packed on Christmas Eve, so come early to get a seat… and also to hear the bells in our bell tower playing Christmas Carols. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma-area tradition.

Women’s Retreat Registration Begins Dec. 27

Please join Women’s Ministry and the Made team at Camp McCullough on February 5 and 6, 2016 for the Women’s Retreat.  Registration begins December 27.  Tickets cost $70.  Scholarships are available.  Please join us for an exciting weekend of discovery and fellowship.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana Agustsson (815.209.5375/d.agustsson@gmail.com).

“Hark the Harold” Christmas Play by Taproot Theatre on Dec. 20

This coming Sunday, December 20, 9:15-10:15 am, Fellowship Hall
Harold is not the brightest angel in the heavenly host, and Harold’s enthusiastic shenanigans are really trying the patience of his new partner, Gabriel. As the two carry messages to Zechariah, Joseph and Mary, will they realize God’s plan for redemption? Find out while watching the Nativity unfold from a heavenly perspective in Taproot Theatre’s hilarious production of “Hark the Harold.” It’s FREE. Invite your friends and family!

Advent Devotional by Annie Lockwood Starts December 12: The Canticles of Luke

Editor’s Note: FPC member Annie Lockwood will be writing a daily Advent Devotional, starting on December 12. So visit the devotional at our website and on Facebook and Twitter to read her daily devotional. Below is her preview.

The Canticles of Luke: A Little Meditation for Advent

For each Canticle we will study over the course of Advent (the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat; The canticle of Zechariah, the Benedictus; The canticle of the angels, the Gloria; and The canticle of Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis; we will follow the four “movements” of the Lectio Divina method of spiritual reading of Scripture, first developed by Benedict of Nursia (480 – 547) and later followed by Benedictine Monks and by all who seek to benefit from a prayerful reading of God’s Word. These four “movements” are: Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest.  As you follow along with us, please keep in mind that we begin slowly, with a prayerful reading looking at what stands out to us and listening for the “still, small voice of God” to speak personally to us; then with some prayerful reflection on what God is saying to us about our beliefs and desires; then our prayerful response to what he is calling us to do for ourselves and for the life of the world; and finally the The Lectio Divina process ends resting quietly in God’s arms. No words are necessary at this point. God’s Word has focused us on Christ’s indwelling presence.  So we simply stay there with Christ in love, joy, and peace. We’re tasting the Lord’s goodness (Psalm 34:8).

Join us this Advent Season as we follow our Sermon Series throughout the week, prayerfully exploring the beautiful Canticles of Luke, their magnificent, life changing and fascinating Old Testament Themes, and what these mean for us in our lives today and for the life of the world.

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